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Every Word: A Tribute to Let's Active
1. Every Word Means No - Bill Lloyd
2. Horizon - Don Dixon/Jamie Hoover
3. Waters Part - Doug Powell
4. Make up With Me - Tommy Womack
5. Talking to Myself - The Saving Graces
6. Last Chance Town - Spike Priggen
7. Room With a View - Marti Jones
8. Writing the Book of Last Pages - Crowd Scene
9. Crows on a Phone Line - Trolleyvox
10. Fell - Neilson Hubbard
11. Every Dog Has His Day - King Fly
12. Mr. Fool - King Kilowatt
13. I Feel Funny - Soap Star Joe
14. Bad Machinery - Velvet
15. Blue (Pipe) Line - Failed Energu Giants
16. Flags for Everything - Paul Chastain
17. Too Bad - Girls Say Yes
18. Two Yous - Drop Quarters
19. In Little Ways - Jerry Chapman
20. Badger - Bobby Sutliff
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61
Jim Huie; Graham Davies; Doug Davis; Anand Gan; Failed Energy Giants; Greg Arnold's Tricycle; Michael Carpenter; Neilson Hubbard; Soap Star Joe; Spike Priggen
Graham Davies; Don Dixon; Jimmie Rivers; Britt Uzzell; Robert Kirk; Greg Arnold's Tricycle; Mark Bosnian; Doug Mayo; Adam Lasus; Michael Carpenter; Paul Chastain; BIll Lloyd; Tommy Womack; Bobby Sutliff
Personnel: Jerry Chapman (vocals, guitar, toy piano, drums, tambourine); Doug Davis (vocals, guitar, Farfisa, keyboards, bells, programming); Graham Davies (vocals, guitar, Wurlitzer organ, drums, percussion); Bill Lloyd (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Spike Priggen (vocals, guitar, keyboards); John Baker, Jamie Hoover (vocals, guitar, drums); Jay Manley, Michael Slawter, Mick Wilson, Tim Lee (vocals, guitar); Neilson Hubbard (vocals, acoustic guitar, organ); Marti Jones (vocals, acoustic guitar); Don Dixon (vocals, electric guitar, keyboards); Anand Gan (vocals, drums, tabla, loops); Jim Huie (vocals, drums); Beth Filla, Julia Goodwin, Anne Rogers (vocals); Jimmie Rivers (guitar, keyboards); Kevin Campbell, Pat LaPlante, Joe Procopio , Mark Spencer, Andrew Chalfen (guitar); Greg Arnold's Tricycle (electric guitar, mandolin); Roland Couture (12-string guitar); Mark Stogsdill (organ); John Holoman (drums, percussion); Doug Edmunds, Jeff Patterson , "Eddy" Zwieback, Bret Tobias, Nate Osgood, Eddie Zweiback, Saul Foster, Will Rigby (drums); Jim Brock (percussion); Jane Francis, Dave Keyes, Betsy Ulmer (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Doug Mayo; Adam Lasus; Andrew Chalfen.
Liner Note Authors: Chris Xefos; Jay Manley; Dave Keyes; Jim Huie; Graham Davies; Mark Pyskoty; Don Dixon; Doug Powell; Doug Davis; John Micek; Michael Slawter; David Bash; Scott Miller; Fred Mills ; Gil Ray; Tim Lee; Parke Puterbaugh; Ira Robbins; Doug Mayo; Jamie Hoover; Jerry Chapman; Ken Stringfellow; Kimberley Rew; Marti Jones; Neilson Hubbard; Paul Chastain; Peter Holsapple; Richard Barone; Spike Priggen; Bill Lloyd; Tommy Womack; Will Rigby; Bobby Sutliff.
Recording information: Earthloop Studios, Alexandria, VA; Fireproof Recording, Brooklyn, NY; Fly Trap Studios, W-S, NC; Julia's Place, Washington DC; Kat P, Knoxville, TN; Magnetic Recording, San Francisco, CA; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia, PA; Reflection Studios, Charlotte, NC; RI; Skrang Studio, Powell, OH; The Spa, Canton, OH; The Tape Kitchen, Brooklyn, NY; Treehouse Studios, W-S, NC; W-S, NC; Yellow Submarine, Portland, OR.
Unknown Contributor Role: Mick Wilson.
While most rock fans know Mitch Easter as the man who seemingly produced every great jangle pop act of the 1980s and helped launch R.E.M. into the indie rock stratosphere (at a time when such a thing barely existed), his work as a musician and a songwriter never seemed to earn the same degree of attention, which is strange considering how good most of it was. Easter's band Let's Active cut three albums and an EP which, by all rights, should have made him the darling of the college radio (and maybe even the pop charts) with their sharp hooks and insightful lyrics; but the band's following never seemed to grow beyond a small, but rabid, cult. Thankfully, that cult consisted of some pretty talented people, and a bunch of them have joined forces to pay homage to Easter's songs on Every Word: A Tribute to Let's Active. Significantly, the album's best performances are the ones that drift farthest from what Easter and his bandmates had in mind; most of the participants on Every Word seem to have their own take on what great pop means to them, and Tommy Womack's skiffle-ish cover of "Make up With Me," Failed Energy Giants' (featuring Tim Lee) transformation of "Blue Line" into a surf tune, and the arty, almost psychedelic re-imagining of "Room With a View" from Marti Jones testify to the diversity and malleability of Easter's compositions. And hearing tracks like "Waters Part" by Doug Powell, The Crowd Scene's "Writing the Book of Last Pages," "Talking to Myself" by The Saving Graces, and "Two Yous" by Drop Quarters is to hear great pop songs played with passion, intelligence, and imagination. If the original Let's Active recordings communicated the same message, as well (and often better), that doesn't change the fact that Every Word offers 20 solid examples of why Easter deserves to be acknowledged as one of the finer songwriters of his time and place. ~ Mark Deming
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